Jack E. Beckman

Jack Beckman

Professor of Education
Department Chair
On faculty since 2004





PhD, Cambridge University, 2004
MPhil, Cambridge University, 2001
MEd, Covenant College, 1998
BS, Georgia State University, 1976


Professional Interests

My research interests focus on teacher professional identity, pre-service training and its effects on future professional pedagogy, and the interrelationship of time, narrative and memory with respect to the professional and personal lives of teachers. Moreover, my research pursuits involve the life and work of Charlotte Mason, an English educationalist who lived from 1842-1923.


Personal Interests

I enjoy reading on many levels both personal and professional and usually keep four or five books going. My wife and I enjoy having students in our home for meals and conversation and do so as often as possible. Moreover, we work with the Collegian Ministry Team of our local church, St. Elmo PCA. I serve on the Board of Lookout Mountain CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocacy) as well as ChildLight USA.


Covenant Activities

At present I am the faculty advisor for Student Senate and Education Club, and sit on the Multicultural Faculty Committee.


Professional Membership

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Association of Christian Schools International


Selected Publications

  • When children love to learn. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. 2004..
  • "Gathering the scattered in school communities." In Schools as communities - educational leadership, relationships and the eternal value of Christian schooling. Ed. b James Drexler. 149-71. Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design. 2007.


Dr. Jim Drexler

Dr. Jim Drexler describes Covenant’s undergraduate education program, defined by its philosophy of training Christian teachers who demonstrate Christ’s preeminence in all things.

Sarah Newsome

"I enjoy the education professors because of their care for us and our future students. They remind us that each child is made in the image of God. I also feel very supported by the professors as I go through the program."
 - Sarah Newsome '20